"Will the righteous live or not?" (Alleged Contradiction #E9382)
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.
The righteous and the wicked die physically. 1 However, the Bible speaks of another death–the “second death,” which is an eternity in the lake of fire. 2 The Bible says that the righteous do not die this second death, but will be resurrected and given new glorified bodies 3 and will live forever in Heaven. 4
Jesus put it best:
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live…
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- Hebrews 9:27: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment…” ↩
- Revelation 20:14-15: “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” ↩
- I Corinthians 15:54: “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” ↩
- Revelation 21:1-4: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” ↩